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Bibil Identifier bibil:254304
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'May YHWH avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you' (1 Sam. 24:13): Mapping land and resistance in the 'biographical' notes of the 'Book' of Psalms
Author Willgren, David
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 43, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2019
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2019
Year (Copyright) 2019
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 417-435 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The 'biographical' notes of the Masoretic 'Book' of Psalms are often understood as placing the psalms in dialogue with 1-2 Samuel, and casting David as a pious exemplar. As David prayed psalms in his distress, so can anyone. Indebted to an influential article by Brevard Childs, many scholars also see early traces of midrashic exegesis. However, this is not entirely persuasive, and to inquire into these issues, the article proceeds from the observation that many of the 'biographical' notes cluster around similar events. In most of them, David is fleeing from Saul. Following a survey of the 'biographical' notes in both the Masoretic text and the Septuagint, it is argued that the often-suggested connections between the psalms and 1-2 Samuel are quite weak, and that a better way to understand the addition of 'biographical' notes is found when reading them in light of a resurfacing Saulide–Davidic rivalry in post-exilic times.
DOI 10.1177/0309089217725257
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Childs, Brevard S.
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Exile
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Saul
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